To accept the CFDA’s Fashion Icon Award on Wednesday, Zendaya donned a bold Vera Wang two-piece.
The actress, 25, wore a custom ensemble consisting of a bandeau bra and a slim skirt with a hand-draped bubble waist to the CFDA Fashion Awards 2021, according to Vera Wang.
According to Vogue, Zendaya finished her CFDA awards look with a Bulgari statement necklace and bracelet, as well as a red cropped jacket with long sleeves. Her hair was styled in braids.
Law Roach, a celebrity stylist who has worked with Zendaya on several times, including for the 2021 Netflix feature “Malcolm and Marie,” in which she starred, dressed her.
According to Vogue, the Fashion Icon Award honours those who take risks on the red carpet and experiment with diverse looks. Naomi Campbell, Beyoncé, and Lady Gaga are among those who have received the award in the past, according to Harper’s Bazaar.
Zendaya has worn a couture Balmain dress with a thigh-high split at the Venice Film Festival and a Yves Saint Laurent dress from 1982 at the Essence’s Black Women in Hollywood Awards.
During an interview with Vogue that was posted to Roach’s Instagram story on Thursday, Zendaya added, “I feel extremely honored. So grateful, so humble. This has definitely been a dream of ours. I don’t even know how to put [it] into words.”
Zendaya, in collaboration with her longtime stylist Law Roach, is one of those rare celebrities who always appears to know not only what to wear, but also how to wear it. Every time she walks down the red carpet, she manages to seem not just the most fashionable, but also – and this is crucial – the most modern person in the room, all without succumbing to passing fads.
She takes chances with her outfits, but she also keeps everything grounded with something classic, so her style has acquired a sturdiness that won’t go out of style anytime soon. Her self-assurance shines through whether she’s dressed in custom couture or Target, as she discussed in the November issue of InStyle, “When I was 14 and at my first movie premiere, my outfit was a bunch of stuff that I had from Target. And I thought I was fly. I felt cool. To this day, I think that’s really all that matters. Then you know you’re doing the right thing.”